Around 75km southwest of Luang Prabang, the Boun Bang Fai presents an explosive spectacle with over 100 homemade rockets shooting into the sky.
- When? May 2018
- Where? Muang Nan, Laos
- Price: Free
What's the best way to get the attention of the Rain God? Fire rockets into the sky and wake him up - at least that's what the people of Muang Nan think and do every year during May. Also known as simply the Rocket Festival, this Buddhist celebration occurs in many other districts throughout Laos but this is arguably the best place to experience it.
Weeks before the festival begins, locals spend their time making rockets using bamboo, PVC piping and gunpowder (we can't say much for how safe they are). The three day event includes various music and dance performances, as well as parades and the concluding fireworks display where over 100 rockets are sent up into the sky in an attempt to wake up the Rain God and pierce holes in the clouds in an attempt to kick-start the rainy season. The rockets are set off from the top of man-made bamboo scaffolding and the whole event is a fantastic spectacle for those who choose to visit.
Every year the location of the festival usually changes to a different village in the district. Wherever it is next May though, if you've got a migraine - it's probably best to give it a miss.
- Get there: From Luang Prabang, take a tuk tuk or rent a scooter to the village.
- Stay: Base yourself in Luang Prabang, you'll be able to travel to the location easily.
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